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Salsa Macha Recipe
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4.85 from 13 votes

Salsa Macha Recipe

This Mexican salsa macha recipe is the perfect condiment, made with crispy bits of toasted chili peppers, garlic, peanuts and sesame seeds in oil. Spoon it over everything!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Main Course, Salsa, sauce
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: ancho, condiment, guajillo, salsa, sauce
Servings: 10
Calories: 91kcal


  • 2 large ancho peppers
  • 2 large guajillo peppers
  • 5-6 chile de arbol peppers
  • 1/4 cup peanuts
  • 4 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 2 cups olive oil or use vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • Salt to taste I use 1/2 teaspoon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mexican oregano


  • Remove the stems and seeds from the anchos, guajillos and chiles de arbol. Chop or cut them into very small pieces, about 1/4 inch or smaller. Set them aside.
  • Add the peanuts, garlic, sesame seeds and oil in a medium pot. Heat to medium-high heat and cook for 5 minutes, or until the garlic starts to to crisp up and the seeds turn golden brown.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the chili pepper bits. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  • Stir in the vinegar, salt and Mexican oregano.
  • Pour the mixture into a blender or food processor and pulse several times until the salsa is nicely combined. Don't over-process the salsa macha, as you want to have nice crispy bits, not a puree.
  • Serve!


Makes about 2.5 cups. Serving size estimated at 1/4 cup. Nutritional values are estimated.
Heat Factor: Mild. Salsa macha is not traditionally a hot and spicy salsa, though you can heat things up with hotter peppers and/or spicy chili flakes.
Storage: You can store your salsa macha in the refrigerator in a sealed container. It will last 3-4 weeks.


Calories: 91kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 184mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2106IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg